Food Tours & Cooking Schools

If you want to unearth Sydney's hidden food gems, book a tour. The experts will guide you to bustling markets, boutique breweries and out-of-the way suburbs which will show you another side of the Harbour City and your stomach will thank you for it. You can also sign up for a cooking class and learn the secrets of some of Sydney's best chefs.

Signage at Chatkazz, Harris Park in Parramatta, Sydney West

Multicultural food tours

Thanks to Australia's rich history of immigration, you can eat your way around the world without leaving Sydney. Join Gourmet Safaris for a tour of the Italian cuisine of Haberfield, find Indian delights in Harris Park with Taste Cultural Food Tours, Vietnamese in Cabramatta with I Ate My Way Through or Turkish in Auburn with Mia Cucina.

Upper Mekong in Spice Alley, Chippendale

Food tours around the city

Ultimately Sydney can take you on a full-day tour to experience the city’s most exciting dining precincts, like the Tramsheds in Glebe, The Cannery in Rosebery and Spice Alley in Chippendale. For a new way to look at food, join wild food expert Diego Bonetto on a foraging tour through the Inner West or Eastern Suburbs to pick edible and medicinal weeds. You'll never look at a public park in the same way again.

Freshly picked apples from Shields Orchards, Bilpin

Take a self-guided tour along the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail on the edge of Sydney. You can pick your own oranges, apples or tomatoes at family-run orchards, taste gourmet goats cheese, sip apple cider or boutique wines, and pick up some plants to take home.

Couple enjoying a gin distillery tour and tasting experience at Manly Spirits Co. Distillery, Brookvale, Sydney North

Brewery & distillery tours

Sydney has a booming craft beer scene. Dave’s Brewery Tours will take you to some of the best breweries in the Inner West, like Wayward, Grifter, Batch and Young Henrys or you can do a self-guided tour. Brookvale, on the Northern Beaches, is also a hub of breweries including Nomad and 4 Pines.

Small batch spirits are also big business in Sydney, with many distilleries offering tours and tastings so you can see how they differ from the big brands. Take a sip of the craft gin at Archie Rose or Poor Toms, try a vodka made with marine botanicals at Manly Spirits Co and rediscover good rum at Brix Distillers.

Pasta Emilia in Surry Hills, Inner Sydney

Cooking schools

Sign up for a cooking class to play with your food and pick up some new skills. The Sydney Cooking School in Neutral Bay has classes on everything from Japanese street food to French desserts. Use the latest catch from the Sydney Fish Market at the on-site Sydney Seafood School, which runs classes by some of Sydney's best chefs.

Learn the art of traditional Italian cooking at Pasta Emilia in Surry Hills or Cucina Italiana in Annandale. Flavours of Auburn runs classes by local cooks or refugees and the bakers at Brasserie Bread will teach you the secrets of the perfect sourdough.